Over time, wooden spoons absorb the various foods they come in contact with and start smelling funky. Luckily, it is possible to de-stink them and extend their lifespan.
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Chow suggests several options to revive your old spoons. Before trying anything else, boil the spoon in a pot of water, and then set it outside in the sun for a few hours. Failing that, a deep scrubbing with dish soap or or a bath in vinegar solution might do the trick.
If the smell still won't go away, you could put the spoon in a bag with activated charcoal, scrub it with a lemon, sandpaper off the top layer of wood, or even kill the bacteria with bleach. Clearly, there's no shortage of ways to give an old spoon new life. I probably wouldn't spend half a day trying each method before replacing it, but it's worth exhausting a few options before you throw it away for good.
Be sure to check out the source link, where Chow commenters have several other suggestions for reviving your cookware.